Furman’s football pioneer

When Furman first sought to integrate its football team in 1969, it found what appeared to be an extraordinary candidate directly outside its gates. Rodney Acker earned the highest score among African-American students in Greenville County on the SAT. He was a standout football player at Beck High School. So four years after Joseph Vaughn […]


Taylor joins NPR political blog

National Public Radio announced recently that Jessica Taylor, a 2007 Furman graduate, will come on board to bolster its new political blog. Taylor, who joined The Hill newspaper in Washington, D.C., as a campaign editor last January, will be NPR’s lead writer for the political blog.  She begins those new duties in May, according to […]


A survivor of Rwanda

At the start of April each year, Jonathan Kubakundimana gets a familiar feeling of sadness in the pit of his stomach. The feeling has descended on the 21-year-old Furman student and Rwanda native each year since he was old enough to understand the genocide that took place in his country 21 years ago. Kubakundimana, a […]


Reaching out to grandmothers

When Furman student Christina Sturgeon met Ginny Simmons in an elevator at The Woodlands, a nearby retirement community, you could say it was a grandmother-granddaughter connection at first sight. That was the start of their relationship as part of the Adopt-A-Grandparent/Adopt-A-Grandchild program that Sturgeon started with residents at The Woodlands. Sturgeon, a freshman from Maryland, […]

It’s one game he doesn’t mind sitting out

Three years had passed, and Jake Kinsley had forgotten all about participating in a bone marrow drive during his freshman year at Furman.  He had submitted his information to “Be The Match,” a national marrow donor program, to aid a relative of a Furman tennis coach. But he was not a match. His name, however, […]

A new vision for Furman

In its 189 year history, Furman has had just a dozen individuals who have headed the university as president. And in March, Dr. Elizabeth Davis was formally inaugurated as Furman’s 12th President, taking her place among former presidents who made their mark on the university; names like Furman, Plyler, Blackwell, Johns and Shi. In an […]


America must understand Iran

More than 30 years ago the leading Iran historian James Bill argued, “America knows astonishingly little about Iran.” Unfortunately, we still have many things wrong. Contrary to conventional assumptions, Iranian foreign policy is not made by irrational clerics. Iranians are not seeking a nuclear program with offensive motivations. In an op-ed for The Greenville News, […]


A reminder of educational failure

South Carolina has contributed significantly to the 30-plus years of education accountability begun under President Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s, including the high-profile court case over school funding detailed in the documentary Corridor of Shame. PBS has turned the education reform spotlight on Hartsville with a documentary that will again raise questions about the […]


Building on a legacy of courage and compassion

What is next for Furman? For almost 190 years, through good times and bad, the university has routinely asked itself that question. As Furman’s newest president, Dr. Elizabeth Davis realizes that question hasn’t lost its power. In an op-ed for The Greenville News, President Davis looks forward, wanting to make sure Furman can remain relevant […]

President Elizabeth Davis

Beyond the campus walls and into the community

Furman President Elizabeth Davis used her inaugural address on March 19 to lay out her vision for the university to step further beyond its campus walls and into the community. It’s time to rethink what “engaged learning” is about in a world where students are searching to become even more engaged by volunteering and solving […]